Don’t Panic, Don’t Panic!!!!

Well, as discussed earlier today I am now screaming my head off to Alanis Morrisette (yes, while I’m writing, I’m a master of multi-tasking)- my angry music. Very therapeutic. After said screaming and writing, Chris will be introducing me to a film called Dark Blood (or something like that) which sooo doesn’t sound like my kind of film- zombies/blood/death- toll of 30 within the first five minutes (Chris’s pre-requisite before he will sit down and watch a film). But, you know, quality time and all that.

Anyway, tomorrow I will make my second attempt at getting to our new choir venue.

I love choir, it brightens my week. We’re working on some great songs and the others make me laugh. But last time I had a panic attack, which started when I got off the bus. I began panicking that I wouldn’t be able to find the new venue. I was really, really tired and it was really hot out. I felt I couldn’t breathe and just wasn’t gonna have the energy to get there- about 10minute walk, that’s all.

I then started worrying about my legs collapsing beneath me and that I’d just end up sitting on the pavement in a bit of a stupor. Don’t panic Rachel, DON’T PANIC!!!! It’s only a little walk, you shouldn’t be getting so worked up! It’s just fight or flight, it’s completely natural. Oh bollocks to CBT!-  Arghhhhh!!!!

My head went all spinny and I couldn’t focus. I felt like I was gonna die in the middle of the street, which would be so embarrassing, right?!

I phoned Chris- help me, help me, HELP ME!!! He calmed me down enough to talk me onto the next bus home. Bloody hell, talk about high-maintenance girlfriend!

I’m dreading the journey tomorrow. Just have to keep my mind on what’s there when I arrive. Tra-la-la-dee-dah…..

Well, off to watch zombies’ heads being blown off. Fun….

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7 thoughts on “Don’t Panic, Don’t Panic!!!!

  1. projectwhitespace

    Yeah, you said it, keep your mind on what’s there when you get there!! 🙂
    Sorry that you had a panic attach the last time. And no, it wouldn’t be embarrassing to die in the middle of the sidewalk. At that point I don’t think you would care. 🙂 this made me chuckle (which I think you meant it to). Good luck getting there tomorrow.

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  2. Summer Moon

    I’m so sorry you dealt with this. I know how much of a terrifying experience that can be. Back when I actually used to leave the house for more than just doctor and therapy appointments, I used to go to normal people places. So many times I would hurry through a market ’cause I suddenly felt like I was going to go crazy in front of all of these people. I felt as if I was going to start screaming at and hitting people for no reason. That would just make the panic even worse, which would in turn make me feel like I was going to pass out. Panic attacks are so awful and terrifying when you are alone. They happen when I’m with people too, but I notice I feel more at ease if I’m at an appointment with someone ’cause if I pass out, someone who cares about me will take care of me. It’s that comfort that eases the panic a bit. But it will still come when I least expect it. I know this might sound childish, but it’s just not fair! I often think, “Why does this have to happen?”

    I’m so glad that you have such an awesome boyfriend! He sounds like such a caring and understanding man, who loves you a great deal. I love that he helped you to get back home. At that point, you needed love and compassion, not a voice saying, “Get over it.”

    I hope you have a better experience tomorrow. Like you said, just keep your mind on what’s there when you arrive. That is awesome advice. 🙂

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  3. Alice

    Think happy thoughts, think happy thoughts! It sounds like you and your boyfriend have a very understanding relationship. It’s lovely!!
    I know how it feels like to panic when you’re going somewhere. It’s so ridiculous, but we just have to reign the panic beast on its knees.

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    1. rachelmiller1511 Post author

      You’re so right, it is ridiculous! It’s even more ridiculous that we realise this but still can’t stop it! I guess it’s about catching it really early on and being super-aware. I’ll be doing lots of positive self-talk on the bus today!

      Yeah my boyfriend is brilliant, very understanding. We’re pretty great together! Just get down on one knee and give me a ring!!!! (It’s been 10 years!!!!)

      Thanks for stopping by !

      Rachel

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  4. rachelmiller1511 Post author

    Aw thanks Summer- yeah my boyfriend is brilliant, he’s so laid back and calm. I’m very lucky, and so is he! 🙂

    It isn’t fair!!! I feel like that too! How come everyone else in the city just gets on with things and doesn’t seem remotely concerned about collapsing or going crazy?!! They’re not normal ;)!! It’s so debilitating and inconvenient and terrifying, like you say. You feel like the world’s gonna end.

    Luckily I don’t get panic attacks all the time, usually just when I’m going through a Bipolar episode, which I am at the moment. I’ve been having good experiences with the Bach Flower Remedies, but I think I might need my mix changing as they’re not working so well at the moment.

    Thanks for your support, always much appreciated.

    Rachel
    xxx

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